I thought about things to do my Self Initiated Projects on and before coming back to uni after Easter, I went to the sea side of England. It was a trip with my mother and sister and we would visit different coastal towns and would takes walks on the beach. I really like water and sea so I thought I could do my project about that. I did some brainstorming about themes connected with water/sea. I didn’t know in which area I wanted to go until I watched the documentary ‘A Plastic Ocean’. It is a very informative and moving film about how much plastic is dumped into seas and how it affects us humans, the wildlife and the environment. There is lots of stuff to talk about and to look further into. I looked at different organisations which main concern is to clean and keep the ocean clean. A lot of them offer tips on how we as individuals are able to help keep plastic waste to a minimum and keep the ocean clean. One organisation was very promising, called the Ocean Cleanup.At the end of 2017 they want to launch their prototype to clean up the ocean. What they’re doing is very impressive.
We need to clean the ocean but also keep the trash from going into it! 8 mio tons of plastic gets dumped into the ocean each year.
Birds suffocate or die from malnutrition because they eat plastic bits. They literally have guts full of plastic.
Fish eat micro plastic (which is basically plastic that has been broken up into mini pieces by the sun/water/environment) because they think it’s plankton. We eat that fish so we probably have plastic in our systems as well.
Other sea animals like seals get trapped in nets or other waste. They call it ghost fishing if an animal is caught in a net left behind.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an “island” where a lot of plastic has been collected. The water moves in circles to the plastic is being transported there. You cannot really see that much because there is a lot of micro plastic. Also plastic sinks and then it’s even harder to clean and hard noticeable.
The National Geographic Website has really interesting and knowledgable articles about environment issues and plastic in oceans.
Photographs will follow.
Interesting websites I looked at :
Articles I read; organisations I looked at; research